This is the first Clancy book I have read. I was afraid it was going to be too technical (the reason I had not read any of his other books) but found it a pleasure to read. Clancy has a way of keeping you into the story line.
"Clear and Present Danger" is a different then some of Clancy's others books. It features Jack Ryan, not as the main character, but one of the major ones. There is a lot of emphasis put on the perspective of the special forces units behind enemy lines. As usual the book is better than the movie. The movie didn't capture the intense feeling of being both predator and prey that the soldiers experienced. If you liked the movie you will love the book.
I read this Ryan book first and had to go back and read them all.
What if --- the President has decided to get serious about the war on drugs? What if --- he used the military to not only stop the illegal transport of drugs, but to STOP the manufactureing!
Jack Ryan is NOT the hero this time!
This is the fourth installment in the Jack Ryan series. Jack moves into new and more dangerous territory as he rises up the chain of the CIA's command structure. This book places Jack in a more political role, unlike his "hero" role in "The Hunt for Red October", "Patriot Games", and "The Cardinal of the Kremlin". He helps guide the story along, but his primary role is to cover the "Buttocal areas" of his leaders.
The re-introduction of John clark (a minor character in "Cardinal of the Kremlin"), adds to the human element of the story.
This is an action packed novel, and as always, Clancy never seems to go more than a couple of minutes without spicing up the dialog. Again, be forwarned of his style of using "strong"language at times.
I give it some good marks, and I think you will enjoy the listen, whether you have read his other novels or not.
A great story. Clancy is a master of the suspense novel. The theme of this one is the assassination of three American officials in Colombia.